Global opportunities

Experience your role in the context of global higher education.

Study Tours

Taking part in a study tour is a unique opportunity open to you as a member of the AUA and we are really proud of the professional development opportunity it offers you. The experience gives you an alternative perspective and insight into global higher education, benefiting your professional practice and your institution.

We will be visiting Sweden in May 2018 and applications will soon open for our 2019 tour to the USA.

  • Learn about an overseas higher education system
  • Enhance your skills and knowledge
  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of overseas practice
  • Exchange ideas and good practice
  • Build your confidence
  • Broaden your experiences
  • Enhance your career prospects
  • Explore working collaborations

“An amazing opportunity to see how things are done in other countries, to network with other administrators in the sector and to gain in terms of personal and professional development. A must for every AUA member!”

Our International Higher Education Network (IHEN) arranges a study tour each year. If you are a member of the AUA based in the UK you can apply to take part. We provide financial support to subsidise each tour to help make it a possibility for all.

Previous tour reports

image-poland-study-tour-cover Our most recent study tour went to the Netherlands and Belgium.

The report for our Germany and Switzerland Tour will appear here soon. In May 2018 the AUA will be heading to Sweden, before a tour to the USA in Spring 2019.

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International conferences

We are committed to connecting and developing our members by offering you fantastic opportunities to widen your professional network and expand your experience. Our longstanding partnerships with organisations such as AACRAO, ATEM and AAA offer our members the possibility to attend conferences from all over the world, share innovative ideas by delivering keynotes and build meaningful connections with fellow professionals they would not have had the chance to meet otherwise. 


Past opportunities

Digitised Academic Administration: Improving Service Delivery to Students and Staff Conference
Organised by the Association for Academic Administrators

24 to 25 May 2018
Durban, South Africa

Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) Conference
Organised by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
29 October to 1 November 2017
Phoenix, United States

Tertiary Education Management Conference
Organised by the Association for Tertiary Education Management

17 to 20 September 2017
Melbourne, Australia

More about our partners


American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals who represent approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries. Its mission is to provide professional development, guidelines, and voluntary standards to be used by higher education officials regarding the best practices in records management, admissions, enrollment management, administrative information technology, and student services. AACRAO represents institutions in every part of the higher education community, from large public institutions to small, private liberal arts colleges.

Association for Tertiary Education Management

ATEM is the only professional association for administrators and managers working in tertiary education in Australasia. It is dedicated to advancing professional practice. The Association provides our members with an edge in their professional activities and gives them a voice in their areas of expertise in the wider tertiary environment. ATEM believes that tertiary administrators and managers are people who make a vital contribution to the central aims of their institutions, and who do this by excelling in their work. ATEM promotes and believes in the worth and value of the profession of tertiary administration and management.

Association for Academic Administrators

The AAA represents a brand new initiative in higher education in South Africa, as the Higher Education Faculty Administrators Forum and the Examinations Administrators Forum decided to unite their efforts and become one organisation. 


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